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The Perfect Baked Potato

Crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. YUM!

Perfect Baked Potato

Create the Perfect Baked Potato Every Time

The only baked potato recipe you need

Have you ever wanted to know how to get that perfect steakhouse baked potato? A crispy exterior, a light and fluffy interior. The kind of potato that steams the moment you pierce a fork into the crackling skin. Speckled with grains of salt and kissed with just a touch of sweet butter, this luscious preparation of America’s favorite vegetable will be a crowd pleaser time and time again.

Light and Fluffy! Yum!

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Prep Time

5 Mins

Cook Time

55 Mins


Serves 4 (1 potato per person)
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4 Russet Potatoes, Large (about 8 ounces each)

As needed - Kosher Salt or Large Grain Sea Salt

1-½ tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Essential Equipment

Baking Sheet/Cookie Sheet

Pastry Brush

Paring Knife

Wire Rack (that fits on the baking sheet)


Step 1

Adjust oven rack to center and preheat oven to 450 °F. As the oven preheats, rinse potatoes under cold water to remove any excess dirt. Dry and pierce lightly with a paring knife 6-8 times.

Step 1.5

Dissolve 2 tbsp of salt in 1/2 cup of warm water. Place potatoes into salt water and rub the outside to help evenly coat with salt water. Transfer potatoes to a wire rack.


Step 2

Place wire rack with potatoes onto the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 45-55min (Or until the largest potato reaches internal temp of 205 °F.

Step 2.5

Remove potatoes from oven and brush with vegetable oil. Return potatoes to the oven and bake for an additional 10min.


Step 3

Remove potatoes from the oven. Slice with a paring knife down the length of the potato without cutting through it. Use a towel to gently squeeze the sides inward to fluff.

Step 3.5

Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garnish with toppings of your choice!

The Perfect Baked Potato

Prep Time: 5 Mins Cook Time: 55 Mins Serves: 4 (1 potato per person)
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  • 4 Russet Potatoes, Large (about 8 ounces each)
  • As needed - Kosher Salt or Large Grain Sea Salt
  • 1-½ tablespoons Vegetable Oil


Essential Equipment:

  • Baking Sheet aka Cookie Sheet/Sheet Pan
  • Pastry Brush
  • Paring Knife
  • Wire Rack that fits on the baking sheet
  • Kitchen Towel
  1. Adjust the rack to the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 °F.
  2. Rinse the potatoes under cold water and gently scrub the outside of the potatoes with a vegetable brush to remove any excess dirt. Dry the potatoes and pierce lightly with a paring knife about 6-8 times.  This will allow steam to escape the potato as its baking.
  3. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt in a ½ cup of warm water in a large bowl. Place the potatoes in the bowl and rub the outside of the potatoes until they are evenly coated.  Transfer the potatoes to a wire rack that is set inside the baking sheet.  Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 45 minutes – 55 minutes, or until the center of the largest potato reaches 205 °F.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven and brush them with the vegetable oil. Return the potatoes to the oven and continue to bake them for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Using a paring knife make one slice down the length of the potato, making sure not to cut all the way through.  Grab the potato on either end using a kitchen towel and gently squeeze so as to push the flesh of the potato upwards.
  6. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garnish with any toppings you desire.

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Culinary Tips

Russets are the best potatoes to buy for baked potatoes. Learn about all potato types.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are potatoes a sustainable food?

Yes! Potatoes are sustainable for the environment, people and communities. Potato production has a lower carbon footprint and requires less land and water than many other fruits, vegetables, and cereals1.

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Why soak the potatoes in cold water before cooking?

Soaking potatoes in water helps remove excess starch. Excess starch can inhibit the potatoes from cooking evenly as well as creating a gummy or sticky texture on the outside of your potatoes. Cold water is used because hot water would react with the starch activating it, making it harder to separate from the potatoes.

Are all types of potatoes equally nutritious?

 All varieties of potatoes are nutritious, and while nutrients may vary slightly depending on the variety, the differences are minimal.

Can you eat potatoes if you’re trying to lose weight?

You can include potatoes as part of a weight loss program. It’s calories that count, not eliminating certain foods.  Among a study of participants, those who ate potatoes as part of a calorie reduced eating plan still lost weight.

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Are there differences in nutrient content between fresh, frozen, and instant (dehydrated) potatoes?

Processed potatoes deliver the same nutrients as fresh potatoes (such as potassium, vitamin C, and fiber), but the amounts will vary depending on the form. Click here to find out more about the nutrient content in potato forms.


Are potatoes fattening?

Potatoes are naturally fat-free.

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